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Baptism with the Holy Spirit

In Acts chapter 2, after hearing the Apostle Peter’s first evangelistic sermon,
the people asked him, “What shall we do?” Peter told them to repent and be
baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. He also told them they would receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit. Finally, he exhorted them to be saved from “this
perverse generation.” This Bible study will examine what it means to receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit.

What did Peter mean by “gift of the Holy Spirit?” To answer this, read Acts
10:44-46, the only other place in the Bible where that exact phrase is used.
How did Peter know the people had received the gift of the Holy Spirit?
This event is the second time in the book of Acts when people spoke in
tongues after an experience with the Holy Spirit. The first time was just
before Peter preached his sermon in chapter 2. Read Acts 2:1-4. Compare
chapter 2:1-4 and chapter 10:44-46. What different phrases are used to
describe this event?
1. ______________________ with the Holy Spirit (2:4)
2. the Holy Spirit ____________________ all those who were listening (10:44)
3. the __________ of the Holy Spirit had been ________________ the Gentiles
There are two other phrases used to describe this event. In Acts chapter 1,
Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit, which is what
they were doing in Acts 2:1-4 when they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Read
Acts 1:4-5. What phrases did Jesus use to describe this event?
4. wait for what the Father had ________________________ (1:4)
5. you shall be ________________ with the Holy Spirit not many days from now

It is clear that when Peter told the people in Acts 2:38 that they would
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, he was referring to the same thing that
Jesus called being baptized with the Holy Spirit. In fact, right after Peter
told the people they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, he said “for the
promise is for you and your children, for all who are far off, as many as the
Lord our God shall call to Himself” (2:39) This is exactly what Jesus was
referring to when He said, “wait for what the Father has promised ”(1:4).

In the Baptism in Water Bible study, you saw that the purpose for water
baptism is to bury the old self which was put to death (crucified with Christ)
in repentance. What is the purpose of baptism with the Holy Spirit? Read
Acts1:8. What did Jesus say the people would receive when the Holy Spirit
came upon them? _____________________
Jesus said, “You shall receive power…and you shall be My

As Christians, we are to be witnesses to the world of the Gospel of Jesus

Christ. Just as a witness in a courtroom tells a story, we are to tell the story
of what God has done in our lives so that others might experience salvation
as well. It is impossible to be an effective witness for Jesus in your own
strength and ability. That is why Jesus told the disciples wait for the power of
God which would come through the baptism with the Holy Spirit before they
began to proclaim the Gospel to the world.

How can someone be baptized with Holy Spirit? There are four times in the
book of Acts that people received this baptism. You have read two: Acts 1-4
and Acts 10:44-46. Read Acts 8:14-17 and Acts 19:1-6. What were the two
ways people were baptized with the Holy Spirit in Acts?
1. _____________________________________________________ (2:1-4 & 10:44-46)
2. _____________________________________________________ (8:14-17 & 19:1-6)

What signs accompanied the baptism with the Holy Spirit?

1. __________________________________ (2:4, 10:46, & 19:6)
2. __________________________________ (10:46)
3. __________________________________ (19:6)

To exalt God means to give Him praise and honor, but what does it mean to
“speak in tongues” and to “prophesy?” Read 1 Corinthians 1-5. When one
speaks in a tongue, who does he speak to? ___________________ (v 2) Does
anyone understand him? _______ When one prophesies, who does he speak
to? _____________ (v 3 & 4) What is the purpose of prophecy?
_________________________, _____________________,
and __________________________ (v 3) What is the purpose of speaking in a
_____________________________________ (v 4)

The word, “edify,” means to build up, to strengthen. This same word appears
in another passage of scripture relating to speaking in tongues. Read Jude
20-21. The phrase, “praying in the Holy Spirit,” is another way to say praying
in tongues (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:14-15). What specifically is being built up
when one prays in a tongue?
______________________ (Jude 20)